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Marijuana not a Gateway Drug; and More from Amsterdam and Vancouver

Image from public domain. In my ongoing support for marijuana legalization, here are some more information and insights: 1. The Marijuana Policy Project’s Bruce Mirken, cites to two recent studies further debunking the claim that marijuana use in and of itself leads to the use of more harmful drugs...

How to practice criminal defense in an unjust system?

Justice Thurgood Marshall (from public domain) As I posted a few days ago to a criminal defense lawyers’ e-mail listserv:  "I have long felt a tension about earning a living defending in a criminal justice system that is as unjust as ours, both because I’m participating...

Oppose McCain’s bill to censor the Internet

Sen. John McCain (Oops; it’s Alfred Hitchcock, another chillmaster).  Thanks to TalkLeft for reporting on Senator McCain’s ludicrous proposed bill (1) to place substantial onus for reporting and keeping child pornography off the Internet, on Internet service providers, bloggers, search engines and just about anybody else...

The Congressional disruption statute needs to go

U.S. Capitol, by F. Malotaux (available through Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5) In January 2006, I filed an amicus brief on behalf of the District of Columbia National Lawyers Guild, supporting appellant Elena Sassower in Sassower v. U.S., D.C. Court of Appeals Appel Nos. 04-CM-760 and...

Converting a drunk driving charge to a speeding conviction

Here is a recent example of the necessity for fully preparing well in advance for trial, for being fearless about proceeding to trial, and for using time as a commodity in negotiations. This approach is needed for all trials, both large and smaller; the following example...

Beware Barry Cooper’s “Never Get Busted” video

At first I hesitated to discuss former police officer Barry Cooper’s new Never Get Busted Again video, so as not to give more free publicity to the video than it has already received. However, more important to me than avoiding giving the video inadvertent free publicity is...

Jazz music and trial lawyering

Long before ever stepping foot in law school, I was a jazz music fanatic, since the age of twelve in 1975, particularly for fellow trumpeters. I experienced Miles play that year in Newport, Dizzy two years later in Westport and two more times, Cat the...